Unai Emery makes bold Aston Villa claim amid double transfer...
Unai Emery makes bold Aston Villa claim amid double transfer update

Unai Emery makes bold Aston Villa claim amid double transfer update

Here are your latest Aston Villa headlines from BirminghamLive on Monday, August 21. Emery speaks after Everton win Unai Emery insists Aston Villa are far from the finished article after they beat Everton 4-0 at Villa Park. After a shock 5-1 defeat to Newcastle United on the opening weekend of the new season, Emery demanded a response from his players in front of home fans, and that's what he got. John McGinn broke the deadlock in the 18th minute, before Douglas Luiz slotted home a penalty six minutes later. Goals from Leon Bailey and Jhon Duran then settled the game for Villa, who are off the mark in the Premier League after this afternoon's victory over Everton. Full story here Defender 'nearing' exit Aston Villa defender Lucas Digne is reportedly "nearing an agreement" to sign with Ligue 1 club OGC Nice. The 30-year-old has been heavily linked with a move away from Villa Park this summer, and it looks as though the Frenchman could now be set for a return to his native country. According to reporter Fabrice Hawkins of RMC Sport, an agreement for Digne to join Nice is now close. They are said to be looking at the possibility of signing the left-back on loan with an option to buy. Full story here Villa 'exploring' Arsenal transfer Aston Villa are reportedly "exploring" a surprise move for Arsenal defender Nuno Tavares. The left-back looks set to leave Arsenal before the transfer deadline at the end of the month, with Premier League rivals Nottingham Forest heavily linked with a move for the 23-year-old. Now, according to transfers expert Fabrizio Romano , Villa have entered the race for Tavares. It comes amid reports linking Villa with a swoop for Sevilla's World Cup-winning left-back Marcos Acuna. Romano says Tavares is an "alternative option" to Acuna, making it clear the Argentine defender is the top priority. Full story here McGinn makes admission John McGinn admits he and his Aston Villa teammates were "hurting" after the 5-1 defeat at Newcastle, and were desperate to put things right against Everton at Villa Park. Unai Emery was expecting a response from his players, and that's exactly what he got, as Villa cruised to a 4-0 win over the Toffees in front of home fans. McGinn broke the deadlock for Villa in the 18th minute, before Douglas Luiz doubled their advantage from the spot six minutes later. Leon Bailey added a third in the second half, before Jhon Duran came off the bench to bag his first goal for the club to complete the thrashing. After full-time, McGinn - who scored his first goal at Villa Park in over 22 months on Sunday afternoon - dedicated the win to Tyrone Mings and Emi Buendia after they suffered serious knee injuries earlier this month. Full story here

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